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Instagram Passes Twitter on US Smartphone Users

In a new report that will make painful reading for those at Twitter, E-Marketer claims that Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo app, now has more smartphone-based users in the US than Twitter.<p>According to the figures — reported by the Financial Times — Instagram has 35 million US mobile users, …

Apple Files Transparent Texting Patent To Help People Who Walk And Text

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. Like being able to carry on texting without walking into a tree. Apple apparently thinks so anyway.<p>A patent that Cupertino filed back in September 2012 has just surfaced with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider) that shows the company …

15 Of The Most Expensive Domains Of All Time

A website can be a simple thing to set up, but picking a name for your page or for your business can be tricky if you’re doing it based on web addresses that haven’t been claimed already.<p>It’s no surprise then that all of the best, usually single word, domains are already taken – but how much do …

Microsoft Wins Battle Over 'Scroogled' Ad Campaign

Microsoft's controversial ‘Scroogled’ campaign has been given the green light in the UK, with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that a radio ad wasn’t misleading.<p>The ad – like many others making up the company’s international campaign – focuses on Google's practice of scanning email …

4DX movie theater will soak you this summer

Movie theater visitors in Los Angeles: prepare to be thrown around, blasted with air, and sprayed in the face with a fine mist. South Korean company CJ Group's '4DX' movie technology — in which 3D film showings are augmented with wind, light, fog, water, and scent effects — is coming to a US …

Apple v. Samsung: All you need to know about latest patent trial (FAQ)

Here we go again.<p>Almost two years after Apple and Samsung faced off in a messy patent dispute, the smartphone and tablet rivals will return to the same San Jose, Calif., courtroom and appear before the same federal judge who presided over their 2012 case to argue once again over patents.<p>The trial, …

Samsung's first Smart Bulb is Bluetooth-only and lasts 10 years

Though it got beat to the punch by arch-competitor LG, Samsung has just released its debut smart LED bulb, literally called the "Smart Bulb." It looks nothing like the multi-tiered model we saw at the FCC, but retains the Bluetooth-only spec -- unlike the WiFi-based Philips Hue and LG's …

Researchers find Android apps that covertly mine Dogecoin, one of them with more than a million downloads

Two apps in the Play Store, one of them with more than a million downloads, are mining cryptocurrency whenever the device is plugged in for charging.<p>Identified by the researchers of security firm Trend Micro, the apps are some of the first malware found in the Play Store that uses virtual currency …

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Intel puts $15M into Israeli artificial vision company OrCam, according to report

Intel(s intc) Capital is investing $15 million in an Israeli startup called OrCam, which makes a system for helping blind people understand the world …

Custom T-Shirt Design App Snaptee Launches Partnership Program

Snaptee, the iOS and Android app that lets users design and order their own custom T-shirts, has launched a new revenue-sharing program for photo-editing and design app developers.<p>The startup’s first beta partner is Manga Camera, a popular app that turns photos into comic book-like graphics. …

Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, and it turns out that this isn’t the only recent piece of M&A in the category of head-mounted wearable computing. Microsoft, we have discovered, has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented …

From Kickstarter To Facebook: A Rift In Our Ideas Of Ownership

You might have heard: Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion this week. And many people who loved the virtual reality headset, on say, Sunday don’t anymore. Perhaps the most notable schism this purchase created was between Minecraft creator Markus Persson and the coming device. Persson <i>tweeted</i> …

The Jaquet Droz Signing Machine Signs Papers Mechanically So You Don’t Have To

This embed is invalid<p>High above a scorched Earth, in a sleek yacht tethered to the tip of the Terra Two spindle, Chancellor Herman Worthy was doing paperwork. His cleaner bots were all asleep and his assistant, a lithe android build to look like a long-dead 2000s era actress, was in her charging …

Apple Patents A Surface-Like Touch Keyboard Smart Cover With A Trackpad Twist

Apple has a new patent for an iPad accessory (via Patently Apple) that incorporates keyboard features into the design of a new smart cover. The touch-based cover resembles the one Microsoft’s Surface uses for input, but it has a unique twist which is the basis for the patent – multi-touch gesture …

Philips' 2014 4K TVs include an Android-powered model and smaller sets

Philips' 4K TVs last year were on the large side, but it's following up in 2014 with smaller models -- including one with a few tricks up its sleeve. The company's new 55-inch 8809 series set mates the extra-high resolution with Android, giving you both Google Play apps as well as access to your …

HTC Introduces The Lite-Brite Of Smartphone Cases

There’s nothing exciting about smartphone cases. The prophylactics of the gadget world, they cost literally pennies to make; go to any consumer electronics trade show, and they will be thrust into your hands by dealers with the same imploring quality used by volunteers trying to get sex workers to …

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FORTUNE — The backlash to Facebook’s planned $2 billion acquisition of reality headset maker Oculus VR has been swift and vehement.<p>No surprise there — users frequently complain when a beloved service or app gets snapped up by a larger company. Users revolted when Facebook (FB) bought Instagram. …

Facebook — with help from Google, LinkedIn, Twitter — releases MySQL built to scale

Facebook announced on Thursday a new open source project called WebScaleSQL. The technology — a branch of the incredibly popular MySQL database — …

HTC Desire 616 spotted with octa-core Mediatek processor

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, HTC announced two new midrange smartphones, the Desire 816 and 610, followed by the budget oriented Desire 310 shortly afterwards. Now another mid-range HTC handset has been spotted over in China, the Desire 616, which has just passed through the Chinese …

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OS X Mavericks Adoption Pushing Toward 50%

Just five months after its release, OS X Mavericks is seeing adoption rates in the range of 40 percent to almost 50 percent depending on the tracking source. The significant growth in Mavericks users demonstrates the benefits of Apple's move to drop the price of its latest OS X update to zero in an …

PencilCase reimagines HyperCard to let non-developers create native iOS apps

Robots & Pencils, a company that has up until now been making mobile apps for others, is launching a new platform for Mac that it says reimagines Apple’s HyperCard and allows non-developers to create & publish native iOS apps. Dubbed ‘PencilCase,’ users can create native apps with a drag and drop …

Foodini Is A 3D Printer That Lets You Print Dishes With Fresh Ingredients

Foodini is a 3D printer for foodstuffs. Its Florida-based makers are hoping their time-saving device becomes as ubiquitous on kitchen countertops as the microwave oven has become.<p>But instead of forcing people to rely on highly processed convenience food that’s larded with additives and unhealthy …

Real Estate Crowdfunding Startup Realty Mogul Raises $9M

Realty Mogul, a site that allows accredited investors to collectively back real estate projects, is announcing that it has raised a $9 million Series A led by Canaan Partners.<p>The startup launched a year ago, and in its first year it says 6,000 members invested $14.6 million in real estate projects …

Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Sapphire Coating, Suggesting Displays Are On The Way

Apple has filed for a patent (via AppleInsider) that adds further fuel to the fire around the possibility it will use sapphire glass for future device displays. The the new application describes how an oleophobic (oil-repelling) coating might be added to sapphire glass to make it smudge and …

Spotify eyes IPO for the fall, report says

Spotify might soon join competitor Pandora as a public company, a new report claims.<p>Spotify has held informal talks with banks and could be marching towards an initial public offering (IPO) set for this fall, Quartz reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. …

Microsoft and Dell sign Android royalty agreement

James M Phelps, Jr / Shutterstock.com<p>Microsoft has announced that it has entered into a patent licensing agreement with Dell for intellectual property relating to Android, Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles. Before you do a double take, yes you read that right, Dell and Microsoft are …

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The G2 Mini is smaller, cheaper, & LG’s bid to take over the world

Cell phone manufacturer LG is preparing to take on the mid-range cell phone market this April by bringing the G2 Mini to emerging markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.<p>First unveiled in February Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, the G2 Mini cherry-picked some features …

The Government’s Technology Agency Admits It Has Lousy Technology

The Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion is charged with reg­u­lat­ing the na­tion’s tech­no­logy and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions in­dus­tries. But …

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Foodini is a 3D printer for everything from burgers to gnocchi

Who wants a 3D printer for just candy when you can have one that prints a five-course dinner instead? That's the idea behind Foodini, a new 3D printer that takes fresh ingredients and turns them into a culinary masterpiece. The device can do things like make custom ravioli, your own unique crackers …

How Sleep Deprivation Drives The High Failure Rates of Tech Startups

I work in my sleep now. I fall asleep most nights writing and rewriting opening lines and first paragraphs in my head. And every morning before I wake, I am somehow still writing sentences in my head, twisted into my sheets while comparing arguments and searching for counter-arguments that could …